Last week, I posted the above photo on FaceBook from the book “What Women Fear”, by Angie Smith. Sitting here on the couch on a Saturday night I thought-I bet a lot of other Ladies have felt this way-I know I sure have. Even amidst the company of other women, we can still feel very alone if we dont’ get hard core about it-I’m talking being real.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ”. ~ Galatians 6:2
The truth is every one of us has struggles. It’s promised.
Financial Stress…Health Issues… Marital Problems…Depression…Loneliness…Anger…Grief…Loss…
If I asked you what your top 3 challenges or hurts are currently, I bet you could name them almost immediately. Throughout our day we can fixate on these issues until they literally consume us…then we go to a bible study and act hunky dory. Why do we do this?
Here’s my personal internal dialogue:
“I’m sure this will pass and no one will ever need to know that I struggled today.” Pride
“These ladies may loose respect for me if they catch on I don’t have it all together.” Worry
“What if they think less of me?” Fear
“I’m the person people come to, I can’t burden them with my issues.” Nonsense
“What if they talk about me when I’m not around?” What-if thinking
“What if they judge me?” Idolizing
And the list goes on….and there is always a kibosh on our silly worries when the wisdom of God steps in.
Sometimes all we need from one another is to hear these precious words : I’ve been there too.
Everyone of us is a living, breathing, walking…. book. What good is a book if you can’t open it up and read it? What can it teach anyone by just sitting there? The stories, humor, good times and bad times…the meat. That’s what we are missing in one another!!!! I could care less about that shiny cover that we all end up tossing aside anyways.
Ladies, I encourage you to share a page in your book the next time you’re with trusted and like-minded friends. Your testimony will most likely be a huge blessing to someone else in the room wondering if they are all alone in their struggles. Some of the kindest people I’ve ever met are the ones who have been through the hardest of times.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
~1 Corinthians 10:13